Chatter Around the World – 123

Chatter Around the World is a curated weekly update of articles related to economics, investing, dividends and personal finance. In these weekly updates, I also capture my blog updates and news related to my portfolio holdings.


Credit Rating Downgrades Outpace Upgrades in 2015

Image Source: Bloomberg Gadfly

Let’s dive into the links that caught my attention this week.

Updates from My Portfolio Holdings

Interesting Reads

Dividend Reads

Dividend Stock Analysis

Have a wonderful weekend!

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8 thoughts on “Chatter Around the World – 123

  1. Thank you for sharing my ETF article. I was reading an article earlier this week, with the similar concept to your debt graphic above. Surely some of the strain is from the high yield energy space, but there are plenty of utility and consumer staple companies that took on huge amounts of debt…..and will need to roll it over in the future. Heaven help em if central banks actually raise rates between now and 2017, as the Fed’s “dot graphic” suggests.

    For what it’s worth, I don’t think they will…..but still…… Wishing you guys a great weekend.

    • Yeah..there are definitely a lot of dark clouds forming for the economy and this is probably one of the most telltale signs coming from the bond market. The Fed will probably kick start the next cycle of recession/depression by raising the rates as they have got it into their heads that they NEED to do it…and hoping for the best and hoping inflation will show up next year.
      Logic dictates that they keep the interest rates low, but looks like they are letting the stock market dictate what they should do. So far it looks like they are going to go ahead and raise the rates. We will see how things go.

      Have a great weekend

  2. Thanks for linking to my articles! Hope you have a great rest of the weekend!

    I haven’t been a fan of many companies have been taking on debt the last few years just because it’s cheap. Not because they necessarily have a good reason for it in order to grow the company. It’s just going to create problems later when the debt is due and likely make dividend increases lower as well.

    • Hi JC,
      You are welcome. Its been concerning watching the companies simply use the low interest rate environment to raise funds from debt markets and use it for stock buybacks instead of investing. Its definitely not what the Fed intended, when they were hoping to spur the economy with low interest rates. Good point – that we might see slower dividend growth later on because of this erratic behavior.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts

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